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Without This, We Would Not Exist
"We need not think alike to love alike."
- Ferenc David
Without these immortal words of Ferenc David, court preacher and adviser to Transylvania King Sigismund, Unitarian
as we know it, would not exist as a global community.
What does it mean, "We need not think alike to love alike?"
Join us this Sunday for a dramatic telling of one of the great chapters in modern Unitarian history. Unitarian Universalism did not just fall off a modern turnip truck - there is powerful history to claim and celebrate, some of which also fittingly echoes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Come yet again come!
Also, if you are available, please join me Monday evening, January 15 at the State Theatre for the community celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year the program privileges women's voices, and I am honored to have to been asked to emcee the program.
In blessing -
PS - A reminder that the Program Council meets at 9 AM this Sunday, 1/14/18.
Sunday, January 14 -
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Betsy Emdin
10:30 AM Service:
"Torda450: Celebrating Unitarian History and Heritage
On January 13, 1568, in the city of Torda, a gathering of religious leaders and politicians, presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund, proclaimed religious freedom in the Edict of Torda. Through this act, Unitarianism was officially recognized for the first time in the history of the world. It also signaled the beginning of the UU legacy to be a spiritual tradition that resists hatred, oppression, and the narrow view that there is only one way to be faithful, to be religious, to be free.
We will also honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s writings on religious freedom.
Sundays in January
preK - 8th grade
We welcome 2018 with a new unit in our "UU & YOU at Hogwarts" curriculum! We will begin our "poverty" horcrux on 1/7/18. In this unit we will explore what poverty is, and what we can do about it in our own communities. As part of this effort, we will be collecting items for The Goodwill Housing Support Services "wish list" -
Please leave items in the collection tub located near the social hall (where we had previously been trying to collect winter clothing items). We will collect items from the "wish list" through the end of January.
Suggested reading for families/parents this month:
ur book this month is once again connected to our focus in our "Hogwarts" program - this month we have a book dealing with poverty & hunger.
"Maddi's Fridge" by Lois Brandt
recommended, and is the Winner of:
- 2014 Christopher Award, Books for Young People
- 2014 ILA Primary Fiction Award
- 2015 MLA Mitten Award Honor
- Human Rights in Children's Literature Honor
"...Filled with colorful artwork, this storybook addresses issues of poverty with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important lessons in friendship, empathy, trust, and helping others. A call to action section, with six effective ways for children to help fight hunger and information on anti-hunger groups, is also included".
Friday Night Out!
January 12, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Contact Sarah ASAP to reserve a spot!
Brewing Community is back from its holiday break!
on January 11 & 25
from 5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Workshop Brewing Company
(Garland Street in the Warehouse District)
Leadership Development Season Opens
The Leadership Development Committee is beginning its process for building a slate of candidates for positions that will be open at the Annual Meeting in June.
Between now and February 15th, there is an opportunity for any member to suggest candidates for our process. Please see the more detailed information in the February Beacon to learn how you can participate in this important work.
You can also contact any member of our committee, which consists of Joe Cook, Judy Myers, Betsy Emdin, Jan Zerbel and Richard Miller. Our contact information can be found in the Beacon article, in the membership book, or by contacting the office.
Joe Cook, LDC Chair
Leelanau County Sunrise
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Everyone Needs Some Exercise!
UUCGT Stretch & Strengthen Group
- If you are looking for someone to keep you motivated to exercise;
- If you are already "working out" 2 or 3 times a week; or just want to learn about strength training;
- If you are young at heart, or just trying to keep what muscle you have;
- If you want a quiet place to work out with pleasant music (no blasting Rock);
- If you want a friendly group of people to work out with - No "pumping iron";
- If you want a short workout that strengthens all the major muscle groups, but doesn't exhaust you...
to join us on
Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:00 - 12:00 noon!
Contact Judith Briggs, 228-4655 if you have any questions!
Will meet this Sunday, January 14 from 5:00-7:00pm. After Sunday, the group will meet only on the 1st Sunday of the month from 2:30-6:30 pm. If you are interested in participating, please contact
UU Benzie: Wednesday, January 17, "Famous Unitarians" - Meet at Grow Benzie for Potluck at 6:30pm, program to follow
February is African American History Month:
Sunday, February 11, 1:00-3:00pm program
in collaboration with the Benzie County Historical Society and Empire Area Museum
at the Traverse Area District Library: "Let Every Voice Be Heard". See flier here
Local Community Needs
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articles are due by the 25th each month -
What's Going On ... at UUCGT?
Winter has arrived!
Please check UU calendar or website
to confirm cancellations and/or office hours
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
UUCGT office will be closed
Meetings & Activities
Shantideva Fan Club: Thursday, January 11, 9:30am, sanctuary
Peacemakers Needleworkers: Thursdays, 1:30pm, social hall
Policy Committee: Thursday, January 11, 5:00pm, library
Brewing Community: Thursday, January 11, 5:00pm @ The Workshop Brewing Company on Garland Street in the Warehouse District -
Meditation Workshop: Thursdays, 5:30pm, classroom
Vocal Ensemble: Thursdays, 7:00pm, sanctuary
Friday Night Out! January 12, 5:30-9:00pm, classrooms
Program Council: Sunday, January 14, 9:00am, classroom
UU Book Club: Sunday, January 14, 2:00pm @ Mark & Solveig Gustafson's - Lady Chatterley's Lover by DH Lawrence. All are welcome!
Mindfulness Meditation: Sunday, January 14, 5:00pm, sanctuary
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: UUCGT Office will be closed
Stretch & Strengthen: Monday & Wednesday @ 11:00am
UUCGT Board Meeting: Monday, January 15, 5:30pm, classroom
A Board Packet is available for review on the UUCGT website
under the Board drop-down menu
Community Lunch: Tuesdays - Volunteers meet at 10:30am. Every week for the past 25 years, UUCGT has provided a free lunch for anyone in the community who would like to come to Friends Church located at Fifth and Oak Streets in Traverse City. For more information, or to volunteer, call Mary Kiner at 935-3050, or email
Indivisible GT: Tuesdays @ noon, sanctuary
Bridge Group: Tuesdays, 1:00pm, social hall
Lifespan Experience: Wednesday, January 17, 12:00 noon, library
Membership Committee: Wednesday, January 17, 4:15pm, library
Visitors who want to learn about our fun, rewarding work are Welcome! Optional stay for Happy Hour and Wednesday Potluck!
Sunday Services Committee: Wednesday, January 17, 4:00pm, classroom
Wednesday Potluck: January 17, 5:30pm social & 6:00pm supper
Gather together & share warmth on a winter's evening!
FLASH articles are due by noon on Wednesday each week